República del Ecuador
The country Ecuador, or “República del Ecuador” is located in the northwest of South America. To the north lies Colombia, to the east and south Peru and to the west the Pacific Ocean. The equator line runs through the country , hence the name of the country. The country is divided into 24 provinces and each is divided into cantons.
The national language is: Spanish (Castellano), but there are also indigenous languages, such as Quechua or Shuar. Ecuador has an area of 256,370 sq. km and about 15.8 million inhabitants. The capital Quito is located in the Andean highlands at an altitude of 2850 meters, making it the highest capital in the world.
I lived in the largest city in the country, Guayaquil (original name: Santiago de Guayaquil). Guayaquil is located on the so-called “Costa”, the Pacific coast region. It is the capital of the province of Guayas and, with about 2.5 million inhabitants, not only the largest city in Ecuador, but also the most important port. More than 3 million people live in the greater Guayaquil area. The climate in Guayaquil is tropical, that means humid and hot. I rather love this climate and do not live in Quito for this reason alone.
The year is divided into a dry and a rainy season (“winter”). The latter lasts from about January to June. The average precipitation is 843 millimeters per year.
Oh yes….. The Galapagos Islands also belong to Ecuador and are located about 1000 km west off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. But more about that later…